Remarks on the situation in Ukraine and announcing additional sanctions
It’s been a very productive first day of my trip to Europe. We’ve been focused on solidarity with partners and allies, we’re focused on stronger economic ties, jobs, growth in the middle… and support for the middle class, but also, obviously, for standing up for democracy against authoritarianism and standing with Ukraine every step of the way.
This morning I was able to have an audience with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle. We congratulated her obviously on the Platinum Jubilee and was able to talk a little bit about the situations we’re facing and to draw on her long experience for having seen much over these past decades.
When I met earlier with Boris, we discussed stronger security ties, continuing to defend our shared values, continuing to do our work together in advancing free trade and creating more middle-class jobs, and also on climate action, where we need to build a sustainable, secure future. I also had a bilateral meeting with Mark Rutte where we talked about the enhanced importance of NATO, continuing to work together to fight disinformation and protecting freedom of the press. We continue to work a strongly with our friends in the European Union.
But of course, throughout the focus is on the people of Ukraine and our solidarity with Ukraine, our pushing back against the illegal Russian invasion of Ukraine and standing up for democracies around the world.
Prime Minister Johnson, Prime Minister Rutte and I spoke of our shared response to Russia. We are joining forces to address the humanitarian crisis, we are insisting that Russia implement a ceasefire to protect the civilian population, and, obviously, we are insisting that Russia end its invasion and leave Ukraine.
Canada, UK and the Netherlands are close defence partners, working together to mobilize the global community to step up to support Ukraine, and we’ll continue to defend democracy and the values that underpin it and continue to make sure that Putin is held accountable.
Today Canada is announcing new sanctions on 10 individuals complicit in this unjustified invasion. This includes former and current senior government officials, oligarchs, and supporters of Russian leadership. The names of these individuals come from a list compiled by jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny. These sanctions put increased pressure on Russia’s leadership, including on Putin’s inner circle. This is, of course, in addition to all the other sanctions we’ve announced, including our recent announcement on imposing massive tariffs on Russian and Belarussian imports.
The work we’re doing together is punishing Putin and his enablers where it hurts most, in particular by crippling their financial systems and sanctioning their central bank. So far, in aid for Ukraine, Canada has sent about a billion dollars worth of financial assistance and humanitarian aid, but we have more to do.
Tomorrow, I will be in Latvia to meet with Prime Minister Kariņš, other leaders, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
For today, we continue to stand with Ukraine, united and strong.